VOLUME 13 ISSUE 2 2016

February 1, 2017

EST. 1885

Menominee County News, LLC



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The Norway Current/Menominee County News Mary Spera

On Saturday 28, 2017 a group of riders got together for the fun of it. The Vulcan Relic Riders gathered with their relic snowmobiles at the Long Branch Bar in Faithorn at 9:30 in the morning to take these old machines for a run. This Club was organized for the soul purpose to talk of old times and adventures and just ride. President Chris Hanna and Vice president Brian Swanson were excited to see all that showed up. There were 30 machines on display- but not everyone took their toys out for a spin. This ride’s destination was through the woods and up the trail to Kraemer’s Bar in Loretto. Not all the members are old timers but the machines were dated 1985 and back. The oldest being 1967 Fox Trac owned by Brandon Street. These snowmobiles costs between $150 to $700 back in the day and they ran between 35 mph to 80 mph. Quite the difference from machines of today, with all the power and control and comfort. In those days you had to get off the snowmobile most times and move the back end by hand to make a turn. As the men and women waited for more people to arrive, laughter filled the air from stories of how many times things broke down and how you had to make due to get you back home. Sometimes you were out in the middle of the woods with just bare tools to get the machine patched just enough to make it back. Brian told me that everyone is welcome to join this club with a membership fee of $15.00 and they will be selling hats and sweatshirts. Anyone wanting to know more should contact Brian Swanson or look up Vulcan Relic Riders on their face book page. Article by Mary Spera

The Norway Current/Menominee County News Dori Carlson

North Central Seniors pose with a sign depicting their new honor

Excitement was clearly in the air as fans filled the school parking lots,as well as neighboring lots within the small community of Powers-Spalding, on Friday, Jan 27, 2017! As early as 3 pm fans started rolling in to claim a parking spot and ticket for the upcoming boys basketball game where NCA Jets would host their neighbors & rival, Bark River-Harris Broncos. The record breaking game drew record breaking crowds. The Jets hammered archrival Bark River-Harris 76-29 Friday night, enabling them to capture the 59-year-old record held by Chassell, another Upper Peninsula school for the most consecutive wins. They had tied the record the week before. North Central began their winning streak on Dec. 8, 2014, and has not lost since dropping an 81-79 Class D quarterfinal decision to Cedarville on March 18, 2014. Senior Jason Whitens, the Class D player of the year last season when the Jets won their second straight Class D state title, led the Jets with 23 points. Senior Dawson Bilski added 21 points and finished the night with 1,002 career points. Bobby Kleiman added 14 points for the Jets. Between the JV and Varsity games, former basketball star, Rob Granquist, was honored for his athleticism. He was honored with a framed trophy including his jersey, a team photo and other memorabilia from his years as a Jet. Rob now attends Concordia University where he is a sophomore. Players on both North Central and Bark River teams held the huge American flag on the court while Alex Neville sang the National Anthem. Not only was the flag a beautiful display, but both teams, working together, showing camaraderie-despite rivalry was exactly how sports should be depicted.. The Broncos scored the first basket for 2. Each basket scored thereafter, no matter which team was cheered and applauded beyond compare! The first quarter ended with NCA 28 and BRH 6. NCA continued with serious defense, speed and accuracy which the Broncos were unable to match. The gymnasium erupted with excitement when Bilski landed his 1000th point and play was paused while the team celebrated briefly. Half time score was 48-11 Jets. Third and fourth quarters saw the play continued much the same as the first half, Coach Mercier rotated players and running clock was in effect. Third quarter score was 56-19 and fourth quarter 76-29 Jets. Congratulations to the North Central Jets for this great achievement! Wishing you continued success! Article by Dori Carlson


Dawson Bilski scored his 1000th point and was honored with this sign. Shown with him is Haley Bubloni 605 Saginaw St. Norway, MI 49870 906-563-5212 fax:906-563-5904 email:

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